This is a curiousity thing for me as I am an amateur herpetologist. When it comes to snakes there are so many people who experience panic or fear and when it comes to venomous snakes the numbers sky rocket. My personal experience with venomous snakes is that they give dry bites (bite without injecting venom) and may prefer dry biting (from my readings) when they are not startled. Venomous snakes use their venom for capturing prey. They need it to eat so wasting it is not ecologically smart. They do inject venom if startled, I would think, there is no time in those situiations to assess the target. It is impossible for a study to adequately cover the number of dry bites as opposed to numbers of venom bites because people who are dry bitten don't go to the hospital necessarily, people who are bitten can't always positively identify their bite as onefrom a known venomous snake, emergency personnel can't alays find the snake in question etc. I would like to see if there are people here with personal experience in this. I have been bitten twice by pygmy rattlesnakes. Both times were dry bites and both times were provoked by me because I was relocating them from my back porch to more appropriate habitat. I also have personal friends who have been bitten with venom from dangerous snakes they kept in secure housing (mambas and cobras for instance). Have you, or has someone you personally know, been bitten by a venomous snake? Was it a dry bite? When responding to the poll please use only first hand information. Tall tales abound about venomous snakes. I'm not trying to make excuses for snakes. They can be deadly and there are many tragic stories involving children. I'm just trying to find first hand accounts and information to prove or disprove my theories. I'm also just interested in natural encounters as opposed to anyone keeping venomous snakes as pets. Thanks. Edited to add: additionally if you are giving an account, please provide deatiled information. I often hear of children playing in the yard being bitten but as many times, no mention of the yard being clear and clean, child wearing shoes, child being educated on snake dangers in certain places, being supervised etc. are given.